Apex Legends: The newest entrant in the battle royale genre


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  • Thursday, 14 Feb 2019

Apex Legends came out of nowhere becoming a hit with gamers. — Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

It’s been a little over a week since the sudden launch of Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends, and already the battle royale game has hit over 25 million unique players with over 2 million concurrent players. 

Apex Legends entered a market that was already dominated by previous big titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, and still somehow managed to carve out a niche for itself and build a strong player base shortly after launch. 

While all three of these games are of the same genre, they are surprisingly different from one another, each having elements that make them each unique. 

So let’s take a look at what Apex Legends kept the same and what they did differently from their rivals. 

The same 

First up would definitely be the looting and the way loot is distributed on the map. 

Apex Legends does it pretty much identically to its counterparts PUBG and Fortnite, in that all three of them have loot randomly distributed around the map (that players can drop to from a plane, bus, or ship) with some locations having better loot, as well as airdrops that can contain the highest tier or ‘legendary’ loot. 

The tier system that is used in Apex Legends closely resembles the one used in PUBG, with weapons all being functionally the same but attachments and other gear having tiers ranging from white to gold. 

They all also share the same ‘battle royale’ idea that everyone in a match (with the exception of those on your team) is your enemy. 

The different 

Apex Legends only offers a single game mode, that being squads with three players on a squad, while both PUBG and Fortnite offer solo and duo modes on top of having a squad mode. 

Furthermore, PUBG and Fortnite both have periodic events that puts a twist on their usual game modes, like the ‘Tequila Sunrise’ event that only gave PUBG players access to shotguns and melee weapons on the map Miramar, and the Fortnite-Marvel crossover ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ mode. 

The player perspective also differs between the games, with Apex Legends locked to first-person, Fortnite to third-person, and PUBG allowing players to swap between both. 

There are fewer players in an Apex Legends match when compared to a PUBG or Fortnite one, with Apex Legends having 60 players split into 20 teams of three, while its rivals have 100 players regardless of game mode. 

Something that both its rivals have that Apex Legends does not are vehicles. Apex Legends instead opts for players to travel by foot and zip-line. 

While both Apex Legends and Fortnite only have a single map each, PUBG has four different maps, and while Fortnite only has a single official map, players are able to create and share their own custom maps using its Creative mode. 

But the biggest difference that Apex Legends sports compared to its rivals is in its future. 

The future 

Both Fortnite and PUBG are already well developed and full of content whereas Apex Legends on the other hand is still in its infancy. Having just been released, Apex Legends has a future full of potential awaiting it. 

The new kid on the block could potentially follow in the footsteps of PUBG by adding new maps, or mimic both its rivals by adding event modes, new interesting characters, and so many other things that Respawn Entertainment could take Apex Legends in many different directions. 

The game is off to a great start so far, and hopefully Respawn Entertainment will be able to keep the momentum going with the following content updates.

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